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ASRock X79 Extreme9 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel X79
  • Core i7 (LGA2011)
  • DDR3 2400+(OC) / 2133(OC)
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The ASRock X79 Extreme9 isn’t just a well-priced feature rich offering like we are used to being, it’s all that with the ability to offer monster performance.

Based on X79 chipset, the ASRock X79 Extreme9 supports the state-of-the-art Intel Sandy Bridge-E Core i7 processor in LGA2011 packaging to unlock the full potential of Intel’s PC. With up to quad-channel, 64GB of DDR3 2400+(OC) memory support, next generation PCI-E 3.0 support, the ASRock X79 Overclock KING Motherboard Series Extreme 9 pushes your entire system performance beyond the limit, giving extreme value for overclockers. It is also packed with a lot of ASRock exclusive powerful features including XFast RAM, XFast LAN, XFast USB, Digi Power, X-Fan, and a high-end, add-on sound card called “Game Blaster.” “Game Blaster” is a PCI Express x1 add-on sound card featuring a Creative Sound Core3D audio chip and a Broadcom networking chip.

  • newegg ASRock Game Blaster Unleash your maximum gaming power. Supporting Creative Sound Core3D 7.1 CH HD audio and Broadcom gigabit lan via the bundled ASRock Game Blaster, ASRock motherboard could give the extreme value for serious gamers!
  • newegg XFast RAM - Fully Optimize Memory Usage ASRock XFast RAM is a new function that is included into ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU). It fully utilizes the memory space that cannot be used under Windows 32-bit OS. ASRock XFast RAM also shortens the loading time of previously visited websites, making web surfing faster than ever. And it also boosts the speed of Adobe Photoshop 5 times faster. Another advantage of ASRock XFast RAM is that it reduces the frequency of accessing your SSDs or HDDs in order to extend their lifespan.
  • newegg XFast LAN Technology ASRock XFast LAN is a smart productivity tool to help you manage your priorities of internet applications, simplify your digital life and accomplish more. The innovative features include Internet Application Prioritization, Lower Latency in Game, Traffic Shaping and Real-Time Analysis of Your Data. It's the smartest way to control your web programs.
  • newegg ASRock XFast USB Technology - Faster Than Your Imagination! ASRock XFast USB Technology redefines the new standard in high performance computing. Proving once again to be the pioneer in motherboard industry, ASRock XFast USB Series Motherboards integrate with the latest XFast USB Technology which delivers the world's fastest USB data transfer speed-boosting USB 3.0 performance up to 5X faster! (The performance boost percentage may vary with different configuration.)
  • newegg Digi Power and 16 + 2 Power Phase More Precise, More Efficient. By adopting digital pulse-width modulation (PWM), the ASRock motherboard can provide CPU Vcore voltage more efficiently and smoothly. Compared to analog PWM, digital PWM can optimize the CPU power solution and provide a proper and stable Vcore for the processor. And the advanced power 16 + 2 phase design signatures tough components and smooth power delivery to the CPU as well.
  • newegg X-Fan Greater air flow, faster heat dissipation! ASRock X-FAN allows the motherboard to breathe smoothly. It will be automatically activated only when the system rises to a certain temperature under heavy-loading. Normally, ASRock X-FAN will remain deactivated to give users the quietest computing experience.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Erick S.
  • 3/25/2014 8:18:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSolid Board but lasted 2 years

Pros: Support for both Xeon and i7
Support for SLI/Crossfire
Dedicated soundcard
Lan Teaming
64GB of Memory 8X8

Cons: Support for only 3 gfx cards
Ethernet port dies quite frequently
Not a stable board, I've overclocked for years and never come across a board that even basic 1GB or even a few hundred MHZ causes the board to become unstable and freeze upon boot.

Other Thoughts: This is a decent board but it's not a great overclocker, it's not a stable board. I'm surprised it lasted as long as it did, mine still works but it'll be recycled once my upgrade comes in.

In 2014 you have much better options, but I've had serious issues with asrock and I'm not wasting money on the extreme 11. I'm much more confident with asus and would either get a Rampage IV Extreme Black edition or build on a workstation board like the p9x79-e was.

This was a great board when it was released a few years ago but I can not recommend it from the boards released since 2012, I can not recommend this product.

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  • Jack P.
  • 11/24/2013 6:54:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Large CPU support list including newest XEON v2 for upgrades later on.

Cons: GPU retainer mechanism is 2nd rate. You have to slide them open prior to inserting or removing them or you will snap them off and possibly damage your expensive GPU's also. Other brands use a spring loaded mechanism that only requires you to open them during removal.

I also don't care for the memory slots. They have only one retention clip on one side only. Removing memory is trickier then when using 2 clips. They seem to do the job however.

I'm also having problems with the current BIOS (P3.60)

During bootup the BIOS says the "1394 GUID invalid in both CMOS and FLASH. Press F1 to continue." Minor but annoying.

ASRock needs to address this without the BIOS hack available.

Other Thoughts: I liked this board for one reason. The "onboard" audio chip is effectively off board. You can freely insert your own audio solution without having an onboard chip sitting there like all motherboards have been for years My choice was to replace the included Game Blaster with a Creative ZXr

ASRock x79 Extreme9
PC Power & Cooling 1200 Watt
eVGA Nvidia Titan SLI x2
Creative ZXr

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
For the 1394 GUID invalid, It needs a tool to reprogram the address to eliminate the issue.
Please contact us at http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp. We can assist you shortly.

Thank you

ASRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: user@ASRockamerica.com

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  • Mr. S.
  • 6/15/2013 9:27:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: it looks kewl. When opening the box I could see that alot of thought has gone into the design and making of this MOBO. I cannot say more than that since I have yet to see my machine get at least a post beep.

Cons: Like I said before, there has been no progress in this build. I have had the motherboard for some time and have not been able to get even a splash screen. I have tried to change out memory and video card but beyond that I cannot get any further than that. I don't have much more to do. This is all after I sent the board to asRock a few weeks ago and I am at a loss. I am not sure of what to do from this point but send in the motherboard for a second time.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize that you having difficulty with mainboard. For the RMA mainboard, we always stress test the returning mainboard to assure working fine before shipped.
If the second mainboard having same issue, please check other components causing the problem.
Trouble shooting the mainboard for below steps with known good components;
Turn the power off.
Remove the mainboard from inside computer to outside, place the mainboard on top of the empty mainboard’s box
Clear the CMOS
Check the mainboard’s CPU socket pins should not be bent
Reseat the CPU with heatsink fan as well if socket pins are normal
Test with single memory module (non-ECC, un-buffered) on A1 slot, try with another known good memory if its same issue.
Video card with 6+6 power (if applied)
Power supply with connecting 24 pins + 8 or 4 pins ATX power to the mainboard
Plug the computer case’s power switch to mainboard's front panel power header and try again
If you have any technical questions please contact us at 909-590-8308 or http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp. We can assist you shortly.


Thank you

ASRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: user@ASRockamerica.com

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  • Charles M.
  • 5/2/2013 1:42:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot worth it

Pros: Great features and usability while it lasted.

Cons: With nothing in my system overclocked at all, this board decided to die after about 6 months. I could have given it 2 or maybe 3 stars, but it also fried my cpu and gpu's with it.

Other Thoughts: Bought this board based on the reviews and the fact that I couldn't afford the extreme11. Really glad I didn't waste the money on the 11 now. Will NEVER buy from ASRock again!!!! Replacing with MSI that I know works!

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. Sorry to hear that the mainboard has malfunction after 6 months of use which’s due to nature of electronic product, it can happen.
Please trouble shoot the mainboard,
Turn the power off
Clear the CMOS
Test with single memory module (non-ECC, un-buffered) on A1 slot, try with another known good memory if its same issue.
If you have any technical questions or warranty issues please contact us at 909-590-8308 or http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp. We can assist you shortly.


Thank you

ASRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: user@ASRockamerica.com

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  • Michael B.
  • 5/1/2013 6:16:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood Board, Bad Support. Be cautious with windows 8

Pros: Hugely expandable with 6 PCIE slots, 8 DIMMS, 12 SATA ports, USB 3.0 etc... It's a great board with a lot of options. UEFI is great. The gameblaster sound card/network adapter is great... when it works. See below.

I use this board with a few hard drives and an optical drive as well as an SSD which I run my OS and media creation programs from. It is the perfect backbone for my system.

I have very litle overclocking experience, but this board allows for basically one-touch overclocking of my i7 3820. I don't push it too far, because I really don't need to, but it has a lot of OC options which are very easy to understand.

Cons: This problem may be unique to windows 8, but here goes.

The gameblaster soundcard is great- when it works. When it doesn't work it's a huge headache. It seems that when my computer goes to sleep the soundcard needs a full system restart in order to resume operation. It will not produce sound after the machine wakes up from sleep. It doesn't disappear from the device manager, and the output devices panel still shows it outputting sound (the meter bounces in time with the audio being played), but nothing comes out through the speakers.

I reached out to ASRock for support on this and rather than helping with troubleshooting they immediately told me that an RMA had been issued. I was to send the part in at my own expense and they would send out a new one. The whole process took about two weeks which wasn't bad. The problem was that I knew it wasn't going to solve my issue, but ASRock was not interested in addressing my concerns. They just wanted to replace the part. I assume that it's a driver/software issue or conflict, but I'm not sure how to resolve the problem. I have searched message boards but I've not been able to find a solution. I have reached out to them since the replacement part has the same issue with non-operation after the system wakes from sleep, but I have yet to hear a response.

I took off one star for the sound card issue with windows 8 because the gameblaster was one of the selling points for me with this board. I took off a second star for ASRock's lazy customer service approach when dealing with this issue.

Other Thoughts: The driver disk included with the board is not supported by windows 8, so you have to go online to the ASRock website to get the latest drivers. This isn't really a problem because it's what most users should probably do anyway. The problem is that some of the utilities that are advertised for the board, such as X-Fast charger, do not work with windows 8. I have reached out for help from ASRock support on this issue to no avail. They simply stopped responding to my inquiry.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize that you having difficulty with sound on mainboard. Please uninstall game blaster driver, using Windows 8 native driver to check if the symptom still occurs. If you have any technical questions or warranty issues please contact our Tech Support at http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp. We can assist you shortly.

Thank you

ASRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: user@ASRockamerica.com

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  • Jeffrey R.
  • 3/7/2013 8:39:36 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsGood But Not Extraordinary

Pros: All aspects of my board seem to work just fine (i.e. no broken components). There is a large amount of features available. Stable when OCing the CPU (My i7 3820 is currently running at 4.8Ghz)

Cons: Not a huge fan of UEIF BIOS on this board. With each change that is made a restart of the PC must be made before the board recognizes it, (i.e. bootable drives). If a BIOS setting is made that the board doesnt agree with it just wont turn on period. I then have to use the CMOS dump button on the rear of the board in order for it to boot; at which point I have to re-configure my RAID setup on the SATA controllers.
The SATA controllers are absolutely horrible to work with. I think that 3 individual SATA controllers for one board wasnt the best idea because it really limits RAID configurations and is just a headache on the end user. I have 2 OCZ Vector 128GB SSDs configured in RAID 0 and it took about 3 hours to find the correct Intel RAID driver in order for windows to recognize the RAID configuration on install. I have not been able to run my G.SKILL Ripjaws X (N82E16820231571) 2133 RAM at its adverstised settings (I know they work correctly on other boards), each time I enable an XMP profile the board doesnt boot. The most stable config I have been able to reach is 2084 Mhz on the 2133 kit.
This really cant be held against the board but I failed to pay attention when looking at the specs and didnt realize that it has dual 8pin power connectors, make sure your power supply can meet this requirement or you will be in the same position I was, having to order a Y-cable (N82E16812198019) when building your PC.

Other Thoughts: My Rig:
NZXT 630 Phantom (N82E16811146100)
AsRock x79 Extreme9 (N82E16813157285)
G.Skill Ripjaw X 16gb kit (N82E16820231571)
Intel i7 3820 (N82E16819115229)
EVGA GTX 660ti (N82E16814130810)
2x OCZ Vector 128GB SSD (N82E16820227915)
500GB Velociraptor (N82E16822236244)
1050w Ultra X4 PSU
Corsair H110 CPU Cooler (N82E16835181035)

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  • Aaron F.
  • 3/2/2013 11:06:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDeeply flawed quality testing

Pros: Great features, relatively easy profile to fit in a tower case.

Cons: Lack of quality control, customer service.

Other Thoughts: I received my first mobo DoA. The second mobo worked fine for eight months, then the sound module died. No live tech support. I won't be buying from ASRock again.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. Sorry to hear the Game blaster card has malfunction after 8 months use which’s due to nature of electronic product, it can happen.
Please reseat the game blaster card (on PCIE3 slot).
Uninstall the sound driver, download and reinstall the sound driver again at “http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?cat=Download&Model=X79%20Extreme9 “ to check if its solved.
If still having same issues please contact our tech support at 909-590-8308. We can assist you shortly.

Thank you

ASRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: user@ASRockamerica.com

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  • Cody R.
  • 2/22/2013 7:41:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome mobo!

Pros: Nothing but good things to say about this board itself. It has a lot of internal SATA ports, extra USB 3.0 ports with a front 3.5" mount, looks amazing, and installed great with no problems.

Cons: Only con I really have is with the included sound card. The game blaster really did not do what I was looking for. It has a customization capability to change the ports to different outputs or inputs but they are all preset. You cannot change them individually. I play MMO's and like to run my headset by itself on the team communication, while the game sound plays through the speakers. I could not make this work without some rigging of the wiring setup. When the volume gets high, such as when playing music loudly, the front and center sound get muffled and garbled. If this card had a software setup that would allow individual setup of each port on the card, it would be much better.

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  • daniel b.
  • 1/24/2013 7:15:59 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: one of the best boards ive worked with, so many usb i'll never run out, with the potential for 64gb of ram, and 5 pciex16 slots the up grade options are endless(as long as intel makes the haswell in 2011 socket) x79 xfan a whole lot quitier than everyone makes it out to be!

Cons: didnt care too much for the upside down ram slots

Other Thoughts: Phantom 820(see my review)
asrock extreme9 motherboard
i7 3820
intel lc thermal solution
roswell 1000lightning
16gb patriot 1833mhz
2 corsair force gs128gb(raid0)

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/1/2013 8:42:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsFinicky but functional

Pros: One of the few boards that used the then new LGA 2011 socket. No problems placing hardware; slots are reasonably laid out. Very quiet fans. Nice extras.

Cons: Randomly hangs when loading the BIOS. Seems to occur most often on fresh boot-ups after being shut off for more than an hour. Rebooting a second time always gets past the issue, but annoying.

I have experienced a few complete lock-ups as other reviewers have; display locks, no keyboard response & no mouse response, also accompanied by a horrendous screeching output coming from the included Game Blaster. This has happens about once a month with mild use (3-6 hours a day).

Be careful with the "X" tools installer. The UI is far from perfect and doesn't follow standard UI conventions. For example, I clicked "Select all" and then proceeded to un-check a few of the options I didn't care for. The program ended up installing them all anyway when continuing. No problems at all with the tools after re-installing though.

Audio from the included Game Blaster card crackles & pops during the Windows start-up jingle. Outputs fine afterwards.

Other Thoughts: Bought and installed August 31, 2012. Reviewed on January 1, 2013. Primary uses: development, 3d modeling, gaming. Hardware is usually running 4-8 hours per day. My first ASRock board.

Components:
ASRock X79 Extreme9 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 2011 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73820

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro RSA00-AMBAJ3-US 1000W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular

Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD2BAA 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D

Manufacturer Response:

Dear AsRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. For the freeze issue, please check the CPU and system are not overheated. Set the UEFI BIOS default, test with 1 stick memory in A1 slot, try with another memory if is same issue. If you have any technical questions please contact us at http://www.asrock.com/support/tsd.asp. We can assist you shortly.

Thank you

AsRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: user@asrockamerica.com

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